The problem is not “Islamophobia”.


Julie Borik says she and other Garland Tea Party members are outraged after hearing about two speakers who will appear at an upcoming event to combat Islamophobia at the Curtis Culwell Center, which is owned by the Garland ISD.

Borik says, “I believe in the Constitution and we have the right to free speech. There are other venues they could rent and I don’t want it on an ISD property that is government property. I’d like us to promote American values.”

One of the speakers is New York City Imam Siraj Wahhaj.

A letter from federal prosecutors to a judge in 1995 lists Wahhaj and nearly 200 others as “un-indicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Wahhaj was never charged.

Terrorism Expert Steven Emerson says Wahhaj made extremist, anti-American statements in the 1990’s.

Emerson also says Wahhaj and the founder of the group sponsoring the conference — Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid — have advocated for Sharia or Islamic law in the U.S.

Another member of the Garland Tea Party, Sandi Ramirez says, “My concern is the speakers of the group. I have no issues with people getting together and communicating.”

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